As per the new dangerous individuals and organizations policy, Facebook has the complete control to ban an individual or organization for proclaiming or engaging in any violent or hateful acts. This led to Facebook permanently banning the biggest far-right organizations and leaders in the UK.
Back in February, Facebook exercised their right to ban hateful and/or violent individuals, when they banned Tommy Robinson, also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a far-right UK activist. Recently, in March, Facebook made a statement saying that they were going to ban all white nationalists and white separatists and their content from the platform.
Besides banning the groups like British National party (BNP), English Defence League (EDL), Britain First, and the Islamaphobic group Knights Templar International, Facebook also banned twelve individuals. BNP’s former chairman Nick Griffin; leader of Britain First, Paul Golding; former deputy leader of Britain First, Jayda Fransen; and leader of the fascist National Front party Tony Martin, were included in these banned individuals. Facebook continues on to say that individuals or organizations that are involved in spreading hate and violence do not belong to be here.
Facebook and Instagram are no longer allowing the banned groups and individuals on their social media platforms.
This ban has been stated to be “long over-due” by MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Select committee. UK politicians completely agreed with the ban. “For too long social media companies have been facilitating extremist and hateful content online and profiting from the poison,” states Cooper.